Travel / Tourism

Malaysia and Turkish Airlines sign codeshare agreement

Views - 12 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Malaysia Airlines and Turkish Airlines have expanded a commercial cooperation agreement signed in 2017, to include codeshare flights. Within the scope of this codeshare cooperation, Turkish Airlines will place its marketing code and flight number on


Unusual sighting of juvenile elephant seal in southern Sri Lanka

Views - 125 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

An unusual visitor was spotted off Dalawella Beach in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka on 20 November. Based on available video footage forwarded by Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Oceanswell Founder and Executive Director Dr. Asha de Vos,


World Travel and Tourism Council creates Associate Membership for SMEs

Views - 19 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

The World Travel and Tourism Council has created a new membership category for small and medium-sized enterprises. The ‘Associate Membership’ is aimed at providing SMEs in the travel industry with a range of networking opportunities and access to


German travel agents impressed by Sri Lanka’s unique travel opportunities

Views - 123 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

German travel organisation TVG Touristik, a subsidiary of premier tour operator FTI Touristik, arrived in the island on a VIP familiarisation tour, upon the invitation of the local travel industry. FTI is one of the leading tour operators in Germany


Japanese tour operators, agents in FAM Tour to promote Sri Lanka

Views - 135 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan, organised a fam tour for a delegation of Japanese tour operators/agents representing 20 Japanese companies. The main purpose of their participati


oneworld scoops up four airline alliance awards

Views - 23 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

oneworld was named the winner of another four airline alliance awards in recent days, adding to the alliance’s record of accolades in 2019. oneworld is the repeat winner of all four awards following consecutive wins in the past several years, under


Tapping new tourism source markets

Views - 167 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

A wide diversity of tourism attractions can also be a weakness in the parlance of marketing communication when the promotional efforts are weak and not consistent. For example, what Maldives can promote in terms of its impact on future tourists, cann


Sri Lanka tourism: Why not an export industry?

Views - 186 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

In the past there has been some debate on whether the tourism industry qualifies to be an export industry. This argument has been fuelled by the age-old definition of an export industry which is “an industry which exports goods and services produce


Thomas Cook India signs deal to buy rights to Thomas Cook Brand for India, SL and Mauritius

Views - 44 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., India’s leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company, yesterday announced it has signed an agreement with AlixPartners, Thomas Cook UK’s appointed Special Managers, to acquire the rights to the


Malaysia Airlines launches new in-flight services

Views - 20 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

Malaysia Airlines is currently testing new services aimed at enhancing the overall travel experience for Economy Class passengers whilst also increasing ancillary revenue. As part of this project, Malaysia Airlines’ award-winning signature entrée


Platinum One Suites nominated for Luxury Hotels Awards 2020

Views - 80 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

Platinum One Suites has proudly joined an exclusive worldwide group with a nomination in the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards 2020. The World Luxury Hotel Awards is considered the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering int


Connecting the cultural triangle with the south coast of Sri Lanka

Views - 159 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Air (www.cinnamonair.com), Sri Lanka’s premier domestic airline, gears up to meet the demand for domestic air travel this Winter (Northern Hemisphere) by introducing its latest daily scheduled flight routes from Sigiriya and Kandy to Sri L


SriLankan Airlines wins Future Travel Experience award

Views - 418 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines received yet another global accolade based on passenger ratings when it won the Passenger Choice Award for ‘Best Wi-Fi for Central Asia’ from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) at the Future Travel Experience A


Vistara, India’s finest full service carrier inaugurates Mumbai-Colombo service

Views - 53 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 01:42

Vistara Airlines, India’s finest full service carrier and a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines inaugurated their service to Colombo on 25 November, at the Bandaranaike International Airport, (BIA) amidst a warm welcome given by offic


Salam Air makes inaugural flight to Colombo

Views - 35 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 01:40

Salam Air, the Sultanate’s fastest growing value for money airline, made its inaugural flight to Colombo as a result of its expansion to subcontinents. It began its direct flight service from Muscat to Colombo, on 25 November. The visitors were gi


Browns Leisure Night 2019 concludes successfully

Views - 251 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 01:35

Browns Hotels & Resorts together with Browns Tours recently hosted a glittering night for their valuable and loyal partners who are also key stakeholders of the leisure industry. With record attendance, the partner night was held for the second conse


Visa launches unique initiative to drive tourism to Sri Lanka with #RepostSriLanka

Views - 75 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:57

Visa, the global leader in payments technology, has launched a unique initiative that invites travellers who have visited Sri Lanka to showcase the unique warmth they experienced at the island nation. #RepostSriLanka went live as Visa’s initiative


Sri Lanka promoted as travel destination in Belgium

Views - 48 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:50

The Embassy of Sri Lanka together with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) organised a workshop to promote Sri Lanka as a tourism destination to Belgium travellers. The workshop was the first of three tourism workshops the Embassy has plan


Emirates unveils 48-hour Super Sale with discounts of up to 20%

Views - 23 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:43

Whoever said “opportunity doesn’t knock twice” had not heard of Emirates, the world’s leading airline, which has just unveiled another opportunity for travellers in Sri Lanka to see the world at a significant saving in cost. A two-day Super


Embassy of Sri Lanka in Warsaw participates in 27th International Travel Show – TT Warsaw 2019

Views - 57 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:47

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Warsaw in association with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau participated in the 27th International Travel Show – TT Warsaw 2019, which was held from 21 to 23 November in the Palace of Culture and Science. TT War


Kingsbury unveils five new restaurants after Rs. 750 m upgrade

Views - 97 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:46

The Kingsbury has announced five new restaurants, opening later this week following a Rs. 750 million upgrade. The epicurean fare can be indulged in at The Kings Steakbar, which, true to its name, offers rare curated boards of prime steak, fit for ro


Cinnamon Grand Colombo celebrates 14th anniversary

Views - 38 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:40

The Cinnamon Grand marked its 14th anniversary on 26 November. To commemorate this milestone, a religious ceremony with priests representing all four of the country’s major religions were invited to the hotel to invoke blessings on the management a


Morteza Capital announces first regulated hotel investment fund in Maldives

Views - 21 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:38

Morteza Capital Ltd. has announced the launch of its debut hotel investment fund, Maldives Hospitality Income Fund I (MHIF I), the first investment fund of its kind offered in the Maldives. MHIF I will focus primarily on mezzanine financing opportuni


16 German travel agents visit Sri Lanka

Views - 49 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:38

A group of top sellers of German franchise partner TVG Touristik, under the umbrella of the Tour operator FTI Touriistik, arrived in Sri Lanka on a VIP familiarisation tour. They are hosted by the local inbound travel agent House of Travel and Touris


Celebrate local traditions with Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Views - 29 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort celebrated the harvest of its rice crops from its own paddy fields on 25 November, in a traditional and colourful ceremony with guests, local community and team members. The rice paddy is one of the farming initi


The luxurious Quantum of the Seas sails to Asia

Views - 30 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

Colombo, Tuesday 19th November 2019: The luxurious comfort of a seven-star cruise comes to Asia this holiday season with the Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Quantum of the Seas luxury cruise. This spectacular cruise is set to sail through Asian waters fr


Sri Lanka wellness tourism sector shines at first-ever participation at WTM

Views - 64 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

“It was an incredible opportunity for us as a bespoke wellness retreat to showcase our products in an international arena and meet international buyers as well as media and influencers in wellness travel. Our presence generated a very positive inte


HNB offers exciting discounts on return air tickets at findmyfare.com

Views - 44 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s most customer-friendly bank HNB PLC made further progress in its mission to connect local travellers to exotic international destinations with the announcement of a new partnership with premier online travel partner findmyfare.com. The


Minor announces appointment of Dillip Rajakarier as Group CEO

Views - 216 Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:02

Minor International Public Company Ltd. (MINT) has announced the appointment of Dillip Rajakarier as the company’s Group Chief Executive Officer (Group CEO), replacing William E. Heinecke, who will take on the new position as Chairman of the Execut


Digital billboard campaign to promote SL Tourism in Netherlands

Views - 59 Thursday, 28 November 2019 00:09

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) has launched a digital billboard campaign in The Netherlands for the period of September to November to showcase the attractions of Sri Lanka and promote and position it as a safe tourist destination in the


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Peace, business and prosperity

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Every nation, every community and each individual is facing the social and political impact along with the impact of violence. Interpersonal violence results in medical, policing and judicial costs immediately after the violent incident occurs and it


‘Data is the new oil’: An introduction to the proposed Data Protection Act

Friday, 6 December 2019

Data protection is not a concept we, in Sri Lanka, are familiar with. Globally, the laws surrounding data protection have been around for about 20 years. And we are only just about getting started. The proposed ‘Data Protection Act’ (hereinafter


Education: An integral part of entrepreneurship development

Friday, 6 December 2019

Governments across the world have recognised the importance of State intervention to encourage private sector innovation towards strengthening entrepreneurships in order to capitalise on comparative and competitive advantages. The main pillar of entr


Moving away from an insular mindset concerning the tea export business

Friday, 6 December 2019

Sri Lanka mainly produces Orthodox teas as opposed to CTC teas which are largely used in producing tea bags. We are ahead of others in the former category but unfortunately way behind on the latter due to our closed and insular policies. Assuming an


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